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Postgraduate Research in Social Policy and Criminology

Prospective Students

We welcome applications in Social Policy and Criminology to study for an MPhil or PhD, as either a full-time campus-based student or a part-time student. We are particularly interested in proposals which fall within our existing research strengths. Information about our current research expertise here.

Please visit the staff profiles for further information on staff research supervision interests. You can also search Open Research Online for full details of staff research publications as a guide to the research interests of departmental staff.

Further information about Postgraduate Research in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences can be found here.

We welcome enquiries so please get in touch with Professor Nicola Yeates, PostGraduate Convenor at:

Social Policy & Criminology PostGraduate Research students

Stephen Akpabio-Klementowski: To what extent does education change the self-perception and identity of people in prison?

Angela Charles: Black Women's experieices in Prison through an intersectional lens.

Angela Collins: Women, Crime and Poverty in the early 21st Century.

Linda de Chenu: Transnational policy making and the rise of national suicide prevention policies.

Amy Dean: "Real or Not Real"? Young people's understandings of pleasure, safe sex and healthy relationships.

Sarah Hadfield: Young women, employment insecurity and financial independence in England.

Gabi Kent: Transformation Tales: An exploration of political prisoner perspectives on higher education whilst in prison as a transformation tool in conflict related contexts.

Janice Knox-Goba: Sexual Violence against women – Attitudes and Perceptions of Sierra Leoneans.

Roe McDermott: A Feminist Project of Moving Into Failure How Irish Women’s Experiences Of Travelling For Abortions Challenge Our Understanding of Citizenship, Gender and Failure.

Alois Nyanhete: The role of international mobile remittances in promoting financial inclusion and development: A Zimbabwean case study.

James Senior: Preventing Murder In Slow motion: The Effectiveness of Police Interventions In Cases of Serial Stalkers

Pilgrim Tucker: How do the concepts of social harm, and structural and institutional violence help us understand the impacts of housing related policy in relation to Grenfell?

Completed PhD topics in Social Policy and Criminology include:

Exploring everyday violence and harm in the lives of irregularised migrants.

Understanding the Factors Contributing to the Absence of Gangs in Milton Keynes.

The trials, tribulations and celebrations of long-term, same-sex partner relationships.

Graphic Interrogation in Psychosocial Research: Deleuze AND Comics AND Middle-aged Men.

Organised Crime: An Ethnographic study, of the monitoring and disrupting of those designated as high-level ‘organised criminals’ within the Metropolitan Police.

Analysing understandings of 'rough sleeping': managing, becoming and being homeless.

The Globalization of Education Policy: the Diffusion of Lifelong Learning Models and the Role of International Organizations in Non-OECD Countries.

Analysing the construction of accountability in cases of death after police contact.

Critical Linkages: transnational living and prospects for private senders of money from Britain to Ghana and Nigeria.

Policy, Popular Culture and Personal Experiences - Searching for a Structure of Feeling Relating to Parenting.

Revisiting Community Policing in Ukraine: Lessons for Police Reform.

Negotiating Disempowerment: Social support and coping in women's prisons.

School Choice and Constructing the Active Citizen: Representations and negotiations of active, responsible parenting.

Problem-Solving and Partnership: A study of the role of Neighbourhood Action Groups in neighbourhood policing.

Spectacular Political Experiments: The constitution, mediation and performance of public participation.

A Home of Their Own: A case study of an ethnically diverse community placement of people seeking asylum.

Awards for our Postgraduate Students

Congratulations to Dr. Steve Conway for being awarded the Betty Boothroyd 2019 award in the category of best Open University Social Science PhD.

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